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“You know, in the environment we’re in, it’s almost like a golf environment," he said. That sudden sound can shatter the eerie silence of the coronavirus-era ballpark.
"I thought there was a timing element to it maybe," Boone said. "Obviously, I didn’t necessarily think they would be able to do anything about it. I didn’t necessarily know who or where it was coming from, but it is something I at least wanted to point out."
It's true. The umpires can do nothing to silence fans outside of the stadium.
Phandemic Krew organizers Brett MacMinn and Oscar Alvarado said no one told them to stop sounding the horn or to only play it at certain times, but after Boone talked to the umps they decided to be more judicious about it. They don't want to ruin their very unofficial gig.
"The Phillies have been treating us with nothing but class," Alvarado said.
Boone wasn’t the only one to notice.
“It’s nice to hear at least something out there, even if they’re quite far away," Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, who hit a three-run home run, said. "But they had the horn going pretty well tonight, and I heard a few of their chants. So, it’s fun to at least get a little bit of fans out there. It’s better than listening to silence."
They taunt. They cheer. They chant. And they play that unmistakable air horn.
“You can definitely hear them, and they’re nice and loud,” Phils Manager Joe Girardi said after Wednesday’s double header. "And obviously I think everyone misses the fans. The important thing is they stay healthy and they stay safe and they have that COVID responsibility where they distance.”
Alvarado and MacMinn say the make sure the fans who join them are staying safe. They said on Twitter that they have hand sanitizer, they wear masks, there are extra masks for those who don’t have one, and they practice social distancing with X’s marked on the ground.
It’s been a bizarre first season in Philadelphia for Girardi without people in the seats. But from his experiences as a competitor, the skipper knows he’s in a huge sports town.
“I think our fans offer a great home field advantage,” Girardi said Thursday. “I’ve seen it first hand way too many times being on the opposite side, so we’re really appreciative of the way they support us.”
And they made headlines in the process.